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    1. Chicopee, MA
      Age: 55-65
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      What I wish someone had told me about being a dad
      April 8, 2012
      wheelsms
      Chicopee, MA
      Age: 55-65
      Gender: male
      Quality: 5
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      Meets Expectations: 4
      Most fathers approach parenting with the approach of a general contractor. They sub out the academic training of their children to the school systems and its teachers. They sub out the character development to coaches and peers. The spiritual development is left up to Sunday School teachers and youth pastors. Author Mark Merrill wants dads to know they cannot give away any element of the parenting process. He wants dad to know not only what their responsibility is, but how they can succeed in raising their kids.

      In All Pro Dad, the author communicates seven key elements that will help any father reach his goal of becoming a hero to his kids. Each one of the essential elements begins with the letter "M." Regarding the first element—Makeup—the author wants each dad to know who he is—gifts, abilities, passion, strengths, and he wants to equip him to understand how to help each of his children discover those same things about themselves. In Motive, he helps dads examine why they do what they do. Method examines a number of helpful ideas regarding how to be more effective in loving one's wife and children. Model discusses the fact that our children watch us and we need to be good models for them. Message examines what each dad wants to communicate and pass on to his children. The last element is Master: understand who it is that we are accountable to.

      The book is filled with a number of very practical ideas and steps that each dad can adapt to his unique family situation. The author shares a number of personal stories that illustrate how he successfully implemented the elements in his own family, as well as what happened when he did not practice what he knew was right. In addition to his own ideas and thoughts, the author includes quotes and personal stories from a wide range of sports, entertainment, and business people—Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell, James "JB" Brown, Michael W. Smith, Truett Cathy, Jeb Bush, and a number of other well known personalities.

      While the book is entertaining and easy to read, it is worth reading slowly and thinking how to put the ideas into practice in your own life.

      Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com http://BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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